Definition of gagging order in English:

gagging order

(North American gag order)

noun

Law
  • A judge's directive forbidding the public disclosure of information on a particular matter.

    ‘the council was forced to abandon an attempt to impose a gagging order on this newspaper on Friday’
    • ‘Telling officers not to express an opinion publicly is sticking a gagging order on them.’
    • ‘I think the judge had a lot of guts imposing a gag order.’
    • ‘Last week the prosecution asked for a gagging order on the trial.’
    • ‘Several websites featured discussions on the possible identity of the individual, who is protected by a gagging order.’
    • ‘Jury, please remember that you are on a gag order and may not discuss what you heard to the media outside.’